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Wildern School places the student at the heart of the school community.

The pastoral structure ensures that all students are supported and encouraged throughout their academic and personal development as they progress through Wildern School.

This is achieved by a highly effective and supportive year structure led by a Director of Progress and Achievement (DoPA), with their Assistant and a team of 13 in year 7 (Sept 2017) Form Tutors.  This team will remain constant during the students’ five years, ensuring that all staff will develop a very supportive relationship with the students and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

The Form Tutor will meet the students every morning for 30 minutes where a structured tutor programme is followed.

DoPAs and Tutors are also responsible for monitoring the academic progress of each student and setting rigorous targets during the Personal Learning Review days.

This pastoral structure is further underpinned by the Parent and Learners Services Team, Family Support Worker, the School Counsellor, highly skilled Teaching Assistants and the Deputy Headteacher responsible for pastoral issues.

Additionally, tutor groups within a year group are divided into one of the 6 school houses (Alba, Bedford, Driscoll, Jubilee, Sovereign and Paxton) for the Wildern House Championship.  The championship is designed to work within year and across year groups.  All curriculum areas contribute and every student will have an opportunity to participate in a range of competitions.

Ofsted Inspectors in November 2012 found:


“Students are extremely polite …..”

“Students’ outstanding behavior makes a very positive contribution to the school…..”

“The management of student behavior is consistent and very effective”

“Students stated that they enjoyed school and felt extremely safe”